Ten years on.
It’s ten years since the Belfast Agreement aka the Good Friday Agreement was "signed" (It was never signed by any of the local participants by the way!) and the peace processors in are celebration mood, with the likes of my old pal US Senator George Mitchell jetting in town. Alas Blair and Clinton couldn’t make it, never mind!
Ten yars on. So what have we got?
Well, the IRA remains intact, it’s Army Council still functions, it has continued killing and its leaders now sit in government and on the policing board. The UDA and UVF remain intact, still armed, still active. Unionism has embraced all those toxic provisions they once opposed. It’s now considered normal for convicted murderers, bombers and bank-robbers to present themselves as first-tier politicians. Naturally there is no justice for the victims of terrorism but there are four victims commissars!
What else? Oh yes, I’m OUT of politics and now present here for your edification and delight.
So what better day for me to announce that after ten years, my book exposing the UTTER CORRUPTION of the Good Friday Agreement is just about set up and ready to go on sale. Yes, "UNIONISM DECAYED 1997-2007" HAS FINALLY made it to publication stage. It sums up my political adventures over the past decade, my encounters with the great and the good and the bad, and my fury at the betrayal of principle that has accompanied this evil process. Plus there are some good one-liners – I think! 😉
I want to do a VLOG on it later – just talking through some of those moments I lived through, those heated political arguments, those highs and lows. Of course we mustn’t take it all too seriously – life is more than lousy politics, thanks god!
"Unionism Decayed 1997-2007" will be available here in the UK and also in the US direct from my publisher – details to follow. However I am making 50 pre-publication copies available for those on ATW who would like a personalised greeting from me – all you need do is email me at the editor address here on ATW and I will confirm all details. The book costs a mere £9.99 (+posting) and a mere $14.99 (+posting). It will take a week or so to get copies going out to you but you will be the first to get one – even ahead of the great and the good in the media and elsewhere. I look after my own.
Ten year on from the "God Friday Agreement"?
I’ve never had so much fun damning it and all those who put it together. Keep smiling…